A garden for nature

PUBLISHED: 15:12 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:40 20 February 2013

A garden for nature

A garden for nature

Sally Bounds reports on an exciting new venture at Clehonger Church of England Primary School

Sally Bounds reports on an exciting new venture at Clehonger Church of England Primary School

During the Easter holidays 2008, I started a project to improve the school grounds. First, the existing garden/adventure playground area was re-vamped by a group of volunteers using £500 of PTA funds.

But in order to create a 'much wished for' nature/sensory garden and install a sun shelter in the adventure playground area, we needed funding for materials. Following funding applications, we were thrilled to be granted 9542 from the National Lottery Awards for All and 1500 from the Sylvia Short Educational Charity.

We shared the news with the children and asked them to let us know what they would like to see in their garden. We were greeted with much enthusiasm and many pretty pictures, and we incorporated the children's ideas into the plan for the nature garden.

An absolutely wonderful team of volunteers worked extremely hard over the summer holidays, on the first phase of the garden creation. We now have a pond with a viewing platform and 'Monet style' bridge, raised planting areas and pathways enclosed by an attractive fence.

We hope to finish the garden by the spring. We have already added further planting and wildlife habitats, and an outdoor classroom area and willow tunnels are planned for our future project days.

The nature garden provides the children with educational opportunities in safe surroundings, and is already attracting wildlife to this specially designed habitat. We are very proud of what has been achieved and very grateful to the National Lottery, the Sylvia Short Educational Charity and the wonderful team of volunteers who have made the project possible.

Volunteers:

Simon, Sally, Matthew and Joshua Bounds

Chris, Sue, Sid and Wilf Bright

Kristy Gillespie

Laura, Owen and Dylan Goode

Stuart, Sarah and Andi Knights

Simon, Thomas and Luke Macklin and Sharon Gane

Alison and Jade Morris

Phillip, Jane, Leah and Adele Prothero

Sue, Alice and Hannah Williams

Tracey Duffy and family

Jonathan (a keen teenager)

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